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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | October 30, 1997
WASHINGTON -- The Clinton administration announced yesterday it will allow mixed-race Americans for the first time to check off more than one racial category for themselves on the 2000 census.After four years of heated cultural debate, the new policy is intended to permit a growing number of mixed-race Americans to acknowledge their varied heritage.The government's new vision of racial identification ultimately will apply to every kind of federal data collection, from the census to annual household surveys conducted by the government, school registration forms and home mortgage applications.
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By Nicole D. Sconiers | September 15, 1994
THE OTHER night, an MCI operator called from New Mexico. In the course of haranguing me about the value of switching long-distance calling plans, the topic turned to race, as it frequently does in my conversations.The operator thought I -- an African American -- was white, I thought he was Jewish. When I discovered that he was born of a Mexican/Anglo union, I asked him how he identified racially."I don't believe in racial classifications," he swiftly replied in a defensive tone, suggesting that I wasn't progressive.
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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,Sun Reporter | March 30, 2008
When Vicky Key looks at Barack Obama, she sees someone like her - not black, not white, but mixed. "I feel for him," says Key, 20, a sophomore at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she is active in the Multiracial and Biracial Student Association. "Because of being mixed, the issue comes up of if he is trying to be black or white. I face that challenge every day. People look at you and judge you by how you look." As products of mixed-race marriages, Obama and Key are in a what appears to be a fast-growing segment of the American population.
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April 3, 1998
THE 1968 riots rank with the 1904 fire that wiped out much of the downtown business district and the state legislature's 1947 vote to prevent the city from annexing additional land as major events that changed the course of history for Baltimore this century.In the early hours, the unrest didn't seem like a momentous event. The city was relatively quiet after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis on the evening of #F Thursday, April 4. But by April 6, sporadic, isolated incidents had gained momentum.
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By Marina Sarris and Marina Sarris,Sun Staff Writer | May 24, 1995
The governor is vetoing bills that would have forced HMOs to pay for more visits to emergency rooms and allowed Marylanders to identify themselves as "multiracial" on government forms.Those were among 11 vetoes announced yesterday by Gov. Parris N. Glendening in letters to the legislature.The governor described his decision to veto the health maintenance organization bill as "a most difficult one because the bill is an attempt to balance the interests, sometimes competing, of the major elements in our health care delivery system."
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By George F. Will | October 6, 1997
WASHINGTON -- An enormous number of people -- perhaps you -- are descended, albeit very indirectly, from Charlemagne.And an enormous number are descended from Charlemagne's groom.Trace your pedigree back far enough, you may find that you are an omelet of surprising ingredients.Booker T. Washington, Frederick Douglass, Jesse Owens and Roy Campanella each had a white parent. Martin Luther King (who had an Irish grandmother, and some Indian ancestry), W.E.B. Du Bois and Malcolm X had some Caucasian ancestry.
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By CYNTHIA TUCKER | March 24, 2008
I look forward confidently to the day when all who work for a living will be one, with no thought to their separateness as Negroes, Jews, Italians or any other distinctions. - the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Dec. 11, 1961 Tom Watson, memorialized with a statue on the grounds of the Georgia State Capitol, is remembered for a virulent racism that denigrated Catholics, demonized Jews and lauded a Ku Klux Klan that would terrorize former slaves. But Mr. Watson didn't start his political career as a hatemonger.
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By Clarence Page | January 22, 2002
WASHINGTON - I guess all of that national unity and good feeling that followed the tragedies of Sept. 11 was just too good to last. A planned memorial to honor the 343 firefighters who died at the World Trade Center has sparked a firestorm of its own. Let's just say that some people don't like the way it re-colors history. The proposed 19-foot bronze statue is based on the now-famous news photo of three firemen raising an American flag over the rubble at Ground Zero. Except, instead of the three firemen in the photo, who are all white, the statue depicts one white, one black and one Hispanic.
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | June 8, 1995
Dutch Ruppersberger looks at his morning newspaper and thinks he's read this story before. It's about the great American edginess, called racial integration. He remembers the story from three decades ago. Only, last time, it was happening in the city where he lived. Now it's happening in the county he leads.The morning paper says that Baltimore County's minority population, which was 3.5 percent 25 years ago, and 15 percent just five years ago, will be 30 percent by the year 2005. The great suburban migration, it turns out, is multiracial.
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By Jerelyn Eddings and Jerelyn Eddings,Johannesburg Bureau | March 29, 1992
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Many obsessions bitterly divide the people of South Africa. But not cricket.In the midst of transition and tragedy, thousands of South Africans took to the streets Friday to celebrate an end to isolation and the birth of national pride. They turned out to welcome their national cricket team from an international tour that signaled South Africa's acceptance into the world of sports again.Johannesburg rolled out the red carpet for the players, giving them a ticker-tape parade and huge rally on the steps of City Hall.
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